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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the couldn't-happen-to-a-nicer-bunch-of-people dept.

lhsi writes:

Torrentfreak has announced an amusing case of being hoisted by one's own petard:

The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, has been caught using a "stolen" photo in one of their anti-piracy campaigns. The group is running various Facebook ads to convince people to snitch on pirates, but this effort has backfired terribly.

After being contacted about the use of a photo of a pot of gold by Torrentfreak, the BSA didn't respond and within an hour the advert had mysteriously disappeared.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:35PM

    by Freeman (732) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:35PM (#21612) Journal

    Kind of funny, but it's hard to believe they didn't know what they were using.

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    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 5, Funny) by TK on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:42PM

      by TK (2760) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:42PM (#21615)

      When I read stories like this one, I like to imagine that the designer that made the ads was well aware of the source of the content, but went ahead anyway because they knew the bad publicity it would cause. In my imaginary scenario, the lowly designer grunt is merely working for the beast to pay the bills, and has, at most, no love for their cause.

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      The fleas have smaller fleas, upon their backs to bite them, and those fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum
    • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:43PM (#21616)

      They do it all the time. Here's the Sony rootkit which was supposed to hinder unauthorized copying, but which itself infringed several copyrights.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_rootkit#Copyrig ht_infringement [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by everdred on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:50PM

      by everdred (110) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:50PM (#21619) Homepage Journal

      Having worked in marketing, it's extremely easy to believe that some underpaid person at some overpaid ad agency working on this shitty ad didn't really give a shit about it, and was probably under some pressure to just get it done. If a thought was given to rights at all, everyone probably assumed that that's something that someone else was supposed to think of, and will promise that it won't happen again until it happens again.

      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Dunbal on Wednesday March 26 2014, @07:49PM

        by Dunbal (3515) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @07:49PM (#21711)

        Not necessarily underpaid people either. I know a lot of marketing types who regularly lift photos from Google searches to use in corporate presentations. That is when they're not busy stealing each others' presentations. I remember my wife, a 6 figure earner, being rather shocked when I told her that she was actually breaking the law by doing this. And she's one of the more ethical ones that I know.

        • (Score: 2) by dotdotdot on Wednesday March 26 2014, @08:03PM

          by dotdotdot (858) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @08:03PM (#21720)

          Why does Google even provide image search then? What possible legal use is there?

          • (Score: 1) by youngatheart on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:15AM

            by youngatheart (42) on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:15AM (#21896)

            Just because Google is giving you a way to see things doesn't mean it's legal. Google has a lot of very expensive lawyers to defend their rights, that doesn't mean it is legal for you to do what they did.

            Google is using the images under the educational portion of fair use allowance. Are you?

            Google is creating a transformative work by creating a context independent of the original work. Is your work transformative?

            Google has a lot of lawyers to make sure they follow the law. Do you?

            If you can answer "Yes" to one or some of the questions above, then you too may be able to defend your right to use the images that google provides. The practical issue is whether you are able to defend your right to use the images.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by wantkitteh on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:18PM

      by wantkitteh (3362) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:18PM (#21636) Homepage Journal

      Blame freelancers. That is all.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:04PM (#21625)

    Our so called friends keep dropping dimes
    So we'll get fucked and doing time
    'Cuz all your friends got caught and now
    They're gonna make a deal

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by hamsterdan on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:06PM

    by hamsterdan (2829) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @06:06PM (#21627)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1247775910 25886&set=pb.101306350039677.-2207520000.139585668 0.&type=3&theater [facebook.com]

    http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-18921771-an gry-computer-tech-nerd.php [istockphoto.com]

    According to their license section 4 (Standard License Prohibitions) part a (Prohibited Uses) subpart 12

    http://www.istockphoto.com/license.php [istockphoto.com]

    “use or display the Content in an electronic format that enables it to be downloaded or distributed via mobile devices or shared in any peer-to-peer or similar file sharing arrangement;â€

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by zim on Wednesday March 26 2014, @07:15PM

    by zim (1251) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @07:15PM (#21681)
    Take a page from the BSA book.

    Raid their place of business with cops and 'aduit' every single piece of technology they have for 'compliance'.

    And then fine them millions.

    Gotta be fair after all.